A leader of a South African opposition party has urged Zimbabwean youths to take action and extricate themselves from the authoritarian ZANU PF-leg government.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema warned Zimbabwean youths that tweeting will not bring about the Zimbabwe they want.
Addressing party supporters who had gathered for a Women’s Day event close to the grave of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela on Saturday, the outspoken politician said:
We are here at Mama’s grave to talk about the rights of women, yet just next door in Zimbabwe the rights of the people are being violated, worse the rights of women.
They abduct children from the streets, particularly girl children, rape them in the bush. Police and soldiers have become a law onto themselves. Mnangagwa has become a pig and is eating his own children in Zimbabwe.
Malema urged Zimbabweans to stop social media activism and close the country’s borders, pledging his support for such actions. He said:
Zimbabweans are not cowards. Zimbabweans have fought before. Why is the youth of Zimbabwe fighting through (social media) hashtags? Why is the youth of Zimbabwe fighting from South Africa and London?
Why are they not occupying the borders of Zimbabwe there in Musina and we will support them and say no car goes into Zimbabwe and no car comes out of Zimbabwe until the rights of our people are restored?
Why is the youth of Zimbabwe not rising in Zimbabwe and face death because they are already dead?
Malema was expelled from the African National Congress (ANC) in February 2012 alongside Floyd Shivambu and Sindiso Magaqa. The three were leaders in the ANC youth league at the time of their expulsion.